Granville Edward Cleveland

Born: Wed., Nov. 25, 1936
Died: Wed., Mar. 20, 2013


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 20, 2013
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Apr. 20, 2013
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Granville Edward Cleveland

November 25, 1936 – March 20, 2013


Granville Edward Cleveland (aka ‘Cleve and Gran’) passed away on March 20, 2013, In South Bend, IN.  He was born to Suvilla and Theodore Cleveland in Springfield Oh. On November 25, 1936. His parents preceded him in death.


After graduating from Springfield High School, Springfield, OH, Granville attended Central State College in Wilberforce, OH, before transferring to Tougaloo Southern Christian College on a football Scholarship.


Granville worked as a Law Librarian for the state of Ohio.  In 1969, Granville and his family moved to South Bend, IN, where he accepted a position as Head of the Law Library for the University of Notre Dame until he retired with an Emeritus status in 1992.  While at Notre Dame, Granville walked the sidelines with the coach as a mentor to the ND football players…on and off the field.  After his retirement, Granville remained active in the South Bend and the Notre Dame communities and stayed involved with a number of alumni from ND Law School and was an advocate for change in the South Bend area.


After a few years in retirement, Granville accepted a position for the State of Indiana WorkOne of South Bend, IN. He worked in this position until the Lord chose to move him from labor to reward.  Those who knew Granville knew he never met a stranger. Throughout Granville’s life, being a gifted singer he loved music and performing. At one time, Granville competed against the famous recording artist, Al Jarreau, on the Arthur Godfrey Amateur TV show.


Granville had a great sense of humor, was passionate about political issues, loved life and was an exceptional man, father and grandfather.  He will be sadly missed, but we celebrate his life and accomplishments and congratulate him on his homecoming.

Granville leaves to cherish his memory a sister Joanne Cleveland of Springfield, OH, son Granville Jr. of Stockholm Sweden, and a daughter Tivonnia (Brian) Harvey of Naperville, IL, four athletically gifted grandchildren, Cameron and Chelsea Harvey, Tyler Paulsen and Jade Cleveland.


A Memorial Service will be held in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from noon until the time of service on April 20th.  Condolences can be sent to In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


The family thanks everyone in advance for all of your prayers and acknowledgements. We ask and pray that God embraces you as you have embraced Granville and his family. 

Charitable donations may be made in Granville's memory to the following organization:

Diabetes Association of St. Joseph County
6910 N. Main St., Suite 9, Mail Unit #10, Granger, IN, 46530

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Art Thomas
   Posted Sun March 31, 2013
It was with great sadness learning of the transition for Granville. I wish to extend my deepest and most sincere sympathy to his family at this time. "Granny" was a dear childhood friend as we were growing up in Springfield, Ohio.

Valerie Kaczmarek
   Posted Mon April 01, 2013
I was lucky enough to get to know and work with Granville at WorkOne. You just can't say enough good things about him; what a gem. Granville will be sorely missed by all who knew him. May God bless you and your family.

Most sincerely,


Nancy Basham Kimball
   Posted Sun April 07, 2013
Granville would walk to Lincolon grade school with us singing. God has another angel in is choir! We will miss you (and your songs) at our 1955 reunion this year! Till we meet again in glory!

Edward Stokes
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
I was fortunate enough meet and get to know Granville some years back,,, and I can say he always made me and everyone he came in contact with feel important and cared about. He will be certainly missed by all who knew him.

Sincerely, Edward Stokes

James C. Jones
   Posted Fri April 19, 2013

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Whit and Collis.

To The Cleve: Thanks for the friendship . Rest in Peace. Love from your buddies, Whit & Collis

Steve Watts
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013
I was saddened to learn of Granville's passing. I was honored to make his acquaintence while I was President of the Norwest Bank n/k/a Wells Fargo and through some associations with Notre Dame. A finer gentleman I've never met. I always knew he'd arrived in a room when I would see him in his usual dapper hat and attire. His smile was contageous too. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Thanks and blessings go to his family & the Lord for sharing Granville with the rest of us.

Mrs. Denoris J. Jackson
   Posted Mon April 22, 2013
Gran, I will miss our great over 40 year friendship. We called always to discuss our ups and downs of life - more ups. I will remember and love you always. To his daughter and other family, I am in deep sympathy with you. God Bless.

steve dragovich
   Posted Mon April 22, 2013
To the family of Granville,

I think it was a Friday or Saturday night downtown at Trios jazz club a little over 3 yrs. ago when I was lucky enough to meet Granville. I had seen this man before around town, I remember because he appeared to be one of those people that had a presence about him;like a light around him or something, you just knew he was loved by many people and had probably been threw some things in his life as well.
We started off talking about the song Night in Tunisia, and from there it got to N.D. football, by the end of the night I new I had made a cool friend and what's even better is that he was more than 30 yrs.older than me. From then on many great conversations ensued and we would often talk about singers and sports and often help each other out on football tickets. It must be so very hard to lose such a man, and I want to offer my deepest condolences to his family who he often spoke of when we were shooting the breeze.I know you all don't know me, but I had to let you know my take on this man. Having Mr.Cleve as a friend enriched me, he was like having a mentor and a historian on hand every time I saw him! GRANVILLE! right when he first told me his name, I thought to myself, of course..of course that's his name! Peace be with all of you.
Stephen Dragovich (drag)